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Haslam Appoints 3 Judges to Workers Comp Appeals Board

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 23, 2014:

 NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed three Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board judges, all effective August 1.

The appointees are Marshall Davidson, 50, of Goodlettsville, who will have a six-year initial term; David Hensley, 60, of Chattanooga, who will begin with a four-year term; and Tim Conner, 47, of Knoxville, who will have a two-year initial term.

“I am pleased to make these appointments, and Tennessee will see a workers’ compensation system that operates with clarity and fairness,” Haslam said. “These are important positions in our new workers’ compensation system, and I am grateful for their willingness to serve.”

The workers’ compensation appeals board reviews interlocutory and final orders entered by workers compensation judges.

Davidson has been a staff attorney for the Tennessee Supreme Court since 1992. He was an associate at King & Ballow in Nashville from 1991-1992; a judicial clerk for Chief Justice Frank F. Drowota III from 1990-1991; associate at Burger, Fly & McFarlin in Murfreesboro from 1989-1990; and a judicial clerk for the Hon. Houston Goddard of the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Knoxville from 1988-1989. Davidson has been a faculty member at the Nashville School of Law since 1992. He and his wife, Salena, have three children, Marshall, Natalie and Erin.

“I am honored to accept Governor Haslam’s appointment to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board,” Davidson said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working as a staff attorney with the Tennessee Supreme Court for more than two decades and have had the great privilege of learning from 17 different justices what being a complete and effective appellate judge entails. I sincerely appreciate the Governor’s confidence in me and am excited to continue serving the state in this new role.”

Hensley has been with Franklin Cooper & Marcus in Chattanooga since 2004. He was with Milligan, Barry, Hensley & Evans from 1981-2003 and was a clerk for the Hon. Herschel P. Franks of the Tennessee Court of Appeals from 1979-1980. Hensley and his wife, Dianne, have two daughters, Laurel and Caroline.

“I want to express my appreciation to Governor Haslam for the appointment and for the confidence he places in me by selecting me to serve on the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board,” Hensley said. “I look forward to serving the people of Tennessee to the best of my skill and ability.”

Conner has been at the firm Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan since 1992, first as an associate attorney and as a member since 1997. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law since 2013. Conner and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters, Emily and Erin.

“I wish to thank Governor Haslam for this opportunity to serve the employees and employers of Tennessee, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Appeals Board,” Conner said.

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Multiple Proposals Filed to Reform How TN Picks a Chief Attorney

GOP lawmakers are so eager to alter how the state’s top lawyer is chosen that the real fight in the Legislature this year may not be over whether change is necessary, but what solution is most prudent, affordable and politically doable.

“All I want is somebody who’s more accountable to the voters,” said Sen. Mae Beavers, who for the second year in a row is pushing for the popular election of the attorney general via a constitutional amendment.

So far, Republican lawmakers have pitched three proposals for changing up how Tennesseans get an attorney general, and other bills are rumored.

Among the ideas being batted around are the popular election of the attorney general by the state’s citizenry or an appointment by the Legislature or the governor. Also under consideration is a shifting of power to a solicitor general either elected by voters or hand-picked by lawmakers or the governor, and, finally, granting the governor new powers to seek and deploy specialized legal counsel.

Gov. Bill Haslam has said he’s not convinced turning the attorney general, now appointed by the state’s Supreme Court, into a popularly elected position is a prudent move. Haslam worried the office might be transformed merely into a political training ground for higher office-seekers. Haslam “only half-jokingly” told a Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter he’d prefer to choose the next AG himself.

In fact, some lawmakers, like Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, think that’s not a bad idea at all and ought to be taken seriously.

Although the attorney general doesn’t have to listen to any of the three branches of government if they ask him to take legal action, he is still constitutionally tucked in under the governor’s purview and should act accordingly, Carr said.

“In a sense, we have a fourth branch of government, and that certainly is not constitutional,” Carr said.

Because Carr believes the state’s top lawyer and the governor should be philosophically on the same page, the second-term Rutherford County lawmaker is introducing a bill granting the governor power to seek special legal counsel to pinch-hit in court for the state if the AG won’t litigate at the chief executive’s bidding.

In any case, lawmakers pushing for change say the current system has at minimum institutionalized a clear conflict of interest that warrants addressing: the state Supreme Court chooses the attorney general, who in turn regularly argues cases before the state’s highest court.

“I’m open to any idea that can fix that,” said Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

His counterpart in the House of Representatives, Speaker Beth Harwell, told TNReport earlier this month she is as yet undecided about whether or in what way to change the attorney general’s selection process.

Another issue fueling the debate is Attorney General Robert Cooper’s refusal last year to join a growing list of states challenging the constitutionality of aspects of the 2010 federal health care package.

Tennessee Tea Party leaders, who are no fans of so-called ObamaCare themselves, have said making the attorney general stand for election in Tennessee is a key legislative priority for them. Barring that, they’ve suggested shifting duties to an elected solicitor general would work as an alternative.

But the state already has a solicitor general, who has an upper management role in the AG’s office, double-checking its cases moving through the legal system and overseeing the drafting of official opinions. And in 2006, then-Attorney General Paul Summers opined that repositioning the solicitor general as the elected legal heavyweight is unconstitutional because those duties were specifically meant for a constitutional officer.

Sen. Stacy Campfield is pitching that idea, anyway.

“I’m for electing just about everybody, really,” said Campfield. “I’d go down to the dog catcher should be elected.”

The Knoxville Republican’s plan to change state law could be passed with a simple majority vote of the Legislature — although some kind of legal challenge down the road wouldn’t seem unlikely in that scenario.

Beavers’ plan, by contrast, would require a lengthy constitutional amendment process. Tennessee’s is one of the most arduous in the United States. It requires lawmakers to approve the measure twice — the second time on a two-thirds majority vote — before placing the question before voters in a gubernatorial election year.

Beefing up the solicitor general’s duties would likely carry a hefty price tag, Sen. Mike Faulk said.

“It’s one more position that we can’t afford,” said the Kingsport Republican, who formerly served as vice chairman of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. “I’m sure additional staff would be necessary.”

Like Beavers, Faulk is proposing a constitutional amendment that would pave the way for voters to decide the AG question in 2014 at the earliest. His bill would allow for a popularly elected attorney general, however he would require candidates have seven years of state residency before running for election whereas the Beavers bill requires five years.

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Haslam Names National Guard Colonel Next Veterans Commissioner

Press Release from Gov.-elect Bill Haslam; Jan. 14, 2011:

Grinder’s 35-year Career Began in the Army National Guard as an Enlisted Soldier

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam named COL Many-Bears Grinder with the Tennessee Army National Guard as Commissioner of Veterans Affairs.

Grinder was the Director of Logistics for the Tennessee Army National Guard in Nashville. She served previously as the Director of Personnel, overseeing actions from the time that an individual enlists in the National Guard to the retirement process.

“I’m thankful that Many-Bears Grinder agreed to come aboard our team because she adds great experience to what I believe is an already outstanding group,” Haslam said. “Her thorough knowledge of the issues facing veterans in our state will directly benefit those who served.”

Grinder is a member of several military and veterans associations, including the Military Officers’ Association, American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America.

As Director of Logistics, Grinder supervised more than 340 personnel across the state in service activities, facilities, equipment and support mission requirements. She was responsible for a more than $35 million budget and is a certified Defense Financial Manager, the Defense equivalent of a certified public accountant.

“I am honored to serve Gov.-elect Haslam as well as the men and women who have served their country in the Armed Forces in this capacity,” Grinder said. “Although I will miss wearing the uniform, I will be able to continue my bond with service members, their families and survivors.”

Grinder has master’s in Strategic Studies from Army War College and a master’s in Human Resource Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a Bronze Star Medal recipient, and she is an Operation Enduring Freedom combat veteran.

Grinder’s first name was originally a nickname that stuck, so she legally changed her name. She is married to Ernie, a Vietnam veteran and military retiree. They have two grown step-sons and four grandchildren. She is an active member of Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Gallatin.

A photo of Grinder can be obtained here.

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McPeak Appointed by Haslam as New Commerce and Insurance Commissioner

Press Release from Gov.-Elect Bill Haslam; Jan. 10, 2011:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam today announced Nashville insurance regulatory attorney Julie Mix McPeak as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

The department protects the interests of consumers while providing fair, efficient oversight and a level field of competition for a broad array of industries and professionals doing business in Tennessee. It includes the Consumer Affairs, Insurance, Securities, TennCare Oversight, Fire Prevention and Regulatory Board divisions.

McPeak is an insurance regulatory attorney at Nashville’s office of Burr & Forman, LLP. She has more than 12 years of legal and administrative experience in state government, recently serving as Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Insurance (KOI).

Prior to becoming Executive Director, she spent nine years as an attorney for KOI, including five as General Counsel.

“I’m pleased that Julie McPeak will be joining the administration,” Haslam said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge in insurance from the public and private sector, and I look forward to working with her as we tackle the specific challenges facing the industry and state.”

McPeak is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association and Franklin County Bar Association. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice section, where she serves as Vice-Chair of the Insurance Regulation Committee, and previously served on the National Insurance Producer Registry Board of Directors.

“I’m honored to serve Gov.-elect Haslam and am thrilled to join his administration,” McPeak said. “There are plenty of challenges ahead, but there are many opportunities too. One of my main goals will be to grow the domestic insurance industry here in Tennessee in an effort to increase high quality jobs for Tennesseans.”

McPeak, 41, has a daughter, Anne. She received her J.D. from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from the University of Kentucky.

A photo of McPeak can be downloaded here.

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High Court Names 4 New Members to Attorney Ethics Board

Press release from the Tennessee Supreme Court; Jan. 4, 2011:

Court Also Names Chairman, Vice Chairman

The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed four new members to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR), the Court-designated body responsible for overseeing the ethical conduct of attorneys.

The Court has also named Lela M. Hollabaugh, of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Nashville, as chair and Clarence Halmon, of Archibald & Halmon in Memphis, as Vice-Chair of the Board. Both will serve one-year terms in their respective leadership positions.

The new appointees include:

• Michael E. Callaway, of Cleveland, Tenn., has been in private practice at Bell and Associates since graduating from law school at the University of Virginia. He has served on the Board of Law Examiners since 1989 and has previously served on the Board of Professional Responsibility.

• Wade V. Davies, of Knoxville, Tenn., is managing partner of Ritchie, Dillard & Davies. He has been with the firm since 1993, after graduating first in his class from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Davies is named in The Best Lawyers in America publication and is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College.

• Michael U. King, of Huntingdon, Tenn., is owner of King Law Office. He has been in private practice for 10 years. King graduated from the Mississippi College School of Law with honors. He was named Best Attorney in the 2009 Carroll County News Leader Readers Choice Awards.

• J. Russell Parkes, of Columbia, Tenn., is a founding member of the Hardin Parkes, Kelley  & Carter law firm. Parkes received his law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law. He is a past president of the Maury County Bar Association and is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Davies, Callaway and Parkes have been appointed to three-year terms, which will expire on December 31, 2013. King has been appointed to fill the unexpired term of a member who resigned from the Board. His term will end on December 31, 2011.

The Court has also reappointed Kate Gooch and Clarence Halmon to a second three-year term, which will expire on December 31, 2013.

The Board of Professional Responsibility is comprised of nine lawyer members, and three non-lawyer members who offer an enhanced and balanced perspective of the professional responsibilities of the legal profession.

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Guv Appoints 100 New Members to State Boards, Commissions

With less than two months before stepping down as the state’s chief executive officer, Gov. Phil Bredesen appointed 100 people to state boards and commissions, leaving a lasting fingerprint on the makeup of many of the state’s occupational governing bodies and policy advisory committees.

Bredesen, a Democrat, will be termed out of office on Jan. 15, 2011. He will be replaced by Republican Bill Haslam, who is just finishing up his second term as mayor of Knoxville.

One of a governor’s duties is to appoint individuals to more than 150 state boards and commissions, ranging from the Board of Athletic Directors and the Drycleaner Environmental Response Board to the Homeland Security Council and the state Ethics Commission.

“Gov. Bredesen has always taken these appointments very seriously and filling vacancies enables boards and commissions to continue their work and service to (the) state,” said a spokeswoman.

Bredesen’s appointments are sending people to sit on 34 different boards and commissions, many of which have not met for several months, according to a TNReport review of the state’s online calendar.

Haslam isn’t particularly bothered that board and commission slots were filled before he had a chance to make appointments himself. “There’s only one governor at a time,” said David Smith, a spokesman for the governor-elect. Bredesen is just doing his job, he added.

It’s too early to tell whether Bredesen’s new appointees — whose opinions and priorities  may differ from those of the new administration — will in any way hamper or cause problems for the new administration, says former state Rep. Susan Lynn, who chaired the Government Operations Committee that reviewed occupational and professional board renewal requests. Lynn has herself been mentioned as a prospect to join the new administration in some capacity.

“It’s just hard to say,” she said. “It’s an enormous job to find people who are qualified to serve on these boards.”

“These positions come open all the time,” she added.

Appointment terms vary based on statutory recommendations or term limits specified by geographic or other qualifications. The governor’s appointments are as follows:

Barber Board of Examiners

Ralph S. Payne, Springville

Board for Licensing Alarm Systems Contractors

Karen Denise Jones, Limestone

McKenzie C. “Ken” Roberts, McMinnville

Board for Licensing Contractors

Cindi Gresham DeBusk, Knoxville

William E. Mason, Greenbrier

Board of Athletic Trainers

Monroe J. Abram, Antioch

Joseph T. Erdeljac, Cookeville

Walter S. Fitzpatrick, III, Cookeville

Cliff E. Pawley, Humboldt

Kurt P. Spindler, Franklin

Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

W.T. Patterson, Camden

Commission on Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education

Mark J. Finucane, Johnson City

Drycleaner Environmental Response Board

Cullen Earnest, Nashville

Education Commission of the States

Bruce Opie, Nashville

Patrick Smith, Ashland City

Energy Efficient Schools Council

Carolyn P. Bowers, Clarksville

Goodwyn Institute

Suki Carson, Memphis

Governor’s Advisory Committee on Equal and Fair Employment Opportunity

Jacky Akbari, Franklin

Governor’s Citizens Corps Advisory Committee

Faye G. Morse, Liberty

Michael F. Nesbitt, Carthage

Joseph C. “Joe” Palmer, Cottontown

Homeland Security Council

William L. “Bill” Brown, Greeneville

Keep Tennessee Beautiful Advisory Council

Virginia “Happy” Birdsong, Madison

Marjorie J. “Marge” Davis, Mount Juliet

Sandra S. Ennis, Tullahoma

Jack O. Horner, Talbott

Land Between the Lakes Advisory Board

Steven E. “Steve” Elkins, Nashville

Polysomnography Professional Standards Committee

Bryan P. Hughes, Woodbury

Roxanne M. Valentino, Hendersonville

State Textbook Commission

Lois E. Coles, Brentwood

Robert W. Greene, Decatur

Donald Lanier Hopper, Middleton

Brian K. Tate, Church Hill

Robert M. Stidham, Church Hill

Edith G. Williams, Stanton

Statewide Independent Living Council

Robert L. Leonard, McKenzie

Anthony D. Sledge, Memphis

Tennessee Community Services Agency Board of Directors

Joe D. Barlow, Gainesboro

Lisa R. Bell, Camden

Peggy Collins, Lewisburg

Terry E. Crutcher, Dover

Pamela W. Edgemon, Cleveland

Kathleen J. Garrison, Spring City

Billy Joe Glover, Selmer

Pamela J. Harris, Jonesborough

John A. Hewgley, South Pittsburg

Regina L. Mason, Livingston

John R. Prince, Trenton

Ronald W. Shirey, Jr., Lynnville

Peggy K. Smotherman, Clifton

Martha Beaty Wiley, Allardt

Linda F. Williams, Fayetteville

Tennessee Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision

Stephen G. Young, Nashville

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

Norris L. Branick, Jackson

Tina Ann Burcham, Counce

Alexander N. Santana, Antioch

Steven Z. Sheegog, Memphis

Joyce Elaine Sievers, Smithville

Tennessee Duck River Development Agency

William Lee Brown, Manchester

Eslick E. Daniel, Williamsport

Robert S. Finney, Shelbyville

Olen Lee Morrison, Lewisburg

Paul Myatt, Bon Aqua

Thomas H. Peebles, Nashville

Betty Superstein, Manchester

Barbara A. Woods, Lewisburg

Tennessee Ethics Commission

Frank E. Barnett, Knoxville

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Jon M. Kinsey, Chattanooga

Tennessee Historical Commission

John Charles Trotter, Knoxville

Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board

Jami C. Awalt, Nashville

Rebecca Conard, Murfreesboro

Jackie L. Glenn, Maryville

Jill Kay Hastings-Johnson, Clarksville

Mary McCoy Helms, Chattanooga

Wayne C. Moore, Madison

Richard L. Saunders, Martin

Tennessee Housing Development Agency

Mary Chatman, Springfield

Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board

Kathleen M. Kenwright, Cordova

Jerry L. Miller, Kingsport

Thomas F. O’Brien, Jr., Munford

Tennessee Private Investigation & Polygraph Commission

Walter Valentine, Brentwood

Tennessee Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Advisory Council

David Sevier, Murfreesboro

Belinda G. Watkins, Collierville

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Advisory Council

Nancy L. Badger, Chattanooga

Kathy A. Benedetto, Johnson City

Roberta “Renee” Brown, Memphis

Anna Lynn Shugart, Maryville

Jacqueline Anne Stamps, Algood

Shelia R. Ward, Jackson

Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council

Linda W. Copas, Nashville

Avis Easley, Antioch

Frank R. Meeuwis, Madison

Kathy Rouse, Morristown

Utility Management Review Board

Charlie C. Anderson, Kingsport

Volunteer Tennessee Commission

Laurel Leigh Creech, Nashville

Jonathan P. Farmer, Nashville

Carol L. Gaudino, Memphis

Julie C. Hembree, Knoxville

Emily Ann Jones, Knoxville

James H. Kilgore, Jr., Greeneville

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Senate Education Chairwoman Wants Expanded Search for New Chancellor

Press Release from Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville; Aug. 5, 2010:

(NASHVILLE, TN), August 5, 2010 – Below please find the text of a letter sent to the 18 members of the Tennessee Board of Regents from Senate Education Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) regarding the position of Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents:

“After reading reports that there is only one applicant under review for Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, I am writing to ask that you conduct an expanded search for this top position in higher education in our state. The person chosen to lead Tennessee’s higher education system should be steeped in scholarship and must lead by example. The Board should also look at applicants with senior managerial experience in public education.

This is even more important at this juncture in our state’s education future, as we look to fulfill the reforms passed by the legislature this year in our First to the Top and Complete College Tennessee Acts. Under the First to the Top act we raised academic standards for K-12 students across this state. The Complete College Tennessee Act also set lofty goals to push Tennessee students to obtain advanced post secondary degrees.

Under the Board’s new guidelines, an applicant is only required to have an associate’s degree from a community college or technological center or a bachelor’s degree. This is a significant departure from the previous search requirements which mandated an applicant have an earned doctorate degree. In fact, this education requirement was previously deemed so important that it was listed on the first line of the stated requisites.

The action of the Board in this regards is such a major deviation from general practice that it would leave one to conclude that the requirements were rewritten to fill the position with an applicant already selected. It means that the Tennessee Board of Regents may become the only higher education system in the United States requiring neither an advanced nor terminal degree for its chief academic officer. Other possible applicants have obviously drawn the conclusion that the search has been completed, limiting the Board’s ability to make a reasonable effort for the best qualified person to lead our state’s top position in higher education.

In conclusion, I am making this request that you expand the search for this most important position in higher education in our state. Tennessee students deserve your utmost attention to this most important decision.


Dolores Gresham

Chairman, Senate Education Committee”

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Ramsey Appoints Sports Hall of Fame Board Members

Press Release from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville; April 1, 2010:

(Nashville) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) has appointed four board members to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the 44-year old organization devoted to honoring Tennessee sports legends. The new members come from across the state and bring a wealth of Tennessee sports history to the board:

Gary Clayton, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, the Powell Companies, headquartered in Johnson City.

Cato Johnson, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Methodist Healthcare, Memphis.

Gus Manning, Executive Assistant to the Athletic Director, UT Athletic Department, Knoxville.

Chris Massaro, Director of Athletics, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro.

“I am very pleased to appoint these four outstanding individuals to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors,” said Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. “Tennessee’s sports tradition is alive and well and grows every year. I commend the Sports Hall of Fame for honoring and revering those Tennesseans who have inspired us in every sport.

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Museum is a 7,200 square foot facility located on the main level of The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The Museum features interactive games such as a virtual reality, one-on-one basketball game, a strength training apparatus used by Olympic swimmers, college football and basketball exhibits, NASCAR video games, and two 30-seat theaters with sports videos. The goal of the Museum is to provide an exciting and informative experience for every visitor and keep memories alive among the young people of today and tomorrow.

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Bredesen Names Appointments To Boards, Commissions

Press Release from Gov. Phil Bredesen’s administration, March 12, 2010:

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed 43 men and women to serve on 17 state boards and commissions.

“I commend all those appointed for their readiness to serve the state through its boards and commissions,” Bredesen said. “Tennesseans have always been known to give of their time and talents to serve their fellow citizens, and I thank these men and women for sharing in this tradition. They will be valuable additions to the respective boards they have been appointed to represent.”

Appointment terms vary based on statutory recommendations or term limits specified by geographic or other qualifications. The appointments are as follows:

Advisory Council for Alternative Education

Marvene Fultz, White Bluff

Advisory Council for the Education of Students with Disabilities

Kathleen M. Airhart, Cookeville

Board of Examiners in Psychology

Patti Van Eys, Nashville

Board of Probation and Parole

Patsy Bruce, Nashville

Ronnie M. Cole, Dyersburg

Charles C. “Chuck” Taylor, Jr., Madison

Commission on Aging and Disability

Evelyn Jane Johnson, Clarksville

Conservation Commission

Winfred E. “Wimp” Shoopman, Clinton

Emergency Communications Board

Robert Hal Buttram, Athens

Star Quality Advisory Council

Tammy D. Hardison, Columbia

Cassandra Renee Hauge, Knoxville

Merlean J. Hill, Memphis

Patricia A. “Patty” Kelly, Clarksville

Forestene L. London, Memphis

Tina Marie Nicely, Selmer

Donald R. Parham, Nashville

Bobbie Jo Ruiz, Tazewell

Karen Stump, Greenbrier

Krista D. Turner, Bristol

Maggie Ruth Vann, Memphis

Harriet Lovely Wilson, Knoxville

Statewide Independent Living Council

Deana Claiborne, Nashville

Richard Gerald Davis, Jr., Hixson

Marianne Leonard, McKenzie

Michelle Priddy, Hendersonville

Dorothea Thompson, Murfreesboro

State Rehabilitation Council

Starr Ellen Cruise, Columbia

State Textbook Commission

Curtis L. Dillihunt, Bartlett

State Workforce Development Board

Zachariah N. Stansell, Knoxville

Raymond S. Marston, Lawrenceburg

Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Michael Bradley, Tullahoma

Lisa N. Oakley, Sevierville

Tennessee Community Services Agency Board of Directors

Helen M. Lane, Watauga

Vickie J. Moore, Parrottsville

Kenneth L. Rogers, Rock Island

Tracey Wilkes, Only

Tennessee Historical Commission

Clarence Edward Elkins, Smyrna

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors

Joan Cronan, Knoxville

Don MacLachlan, Brentwood

Wayne McCreight, Dresden

Mindy Odom, Cookeville

Trey Teague, Jackson

Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council

Frank R. Meeuwis, Madison

Press Releases

Speaker Williams Appoints Olen G. Haynes Sr. To Judicial Nominating Commission

Press Release from House Speaker Kent Williams, March 9, 2010:

Speaker of the House Kent Williams (Carter County Republican – Elizabethton) has appointed Olen G. Haynes, Sr. of Washington County as a member of the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission.

“Olen brings a wealth of experience that will make him an asset to the Judicial Nominating Commission”, said Speaker Kent Williams. “He is well respected in our area and I am confident he will serve our state well”.

Mr. Haynes has been a leader in the community for over 60 years.  He attended East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee College of Law.  He is currently a partner in the law firm of Arnold, Haynes & Sanders and has practiced law for over 40 years.  His areas of practice include personal injury, eminent domain, medical malpractice, product liability, aviation law, domestic relations and criminal law.  Haynes’ dedication to the community and knowledge of the judicial system will serve him well during his time on the Judicial Nominating Commission.

The purpose of the Judicial Nominating Commission is to assist Governor Bredesen in finding and appointing the best qualified persons for service on the appellate courts of the state, nominating for the trial courts, and to assist the electorate of the state in electing the best qualified persons to the courts.  The Judicial Nominating Commission is also responsible for making the courts less political and keeping political pressures away from the judicial system.

This appointment was made in accordance with T.C.A. Section 17-4-102.